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American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924

Starts Sept. 17. Sept. 17-Jan. 3

Historical documents chronicle the efforts by American women who volunteered to help rebuild and rehabilitate France following World War I.

Newberry Library (map)
60 W. Walton St.
Old Town
phone 312-255-3700

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Chicago, Europe, and the Great War

9/17-1/3

Letters, photographs, drawings, news dispatches, and other historical artifacts related to the Chicago's role in World War I.

Newberry Library (map)
60 W. Walton St.
Old Town
phone 312-255-3700

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Gina Yashere

9/17-9/20: Wed-Thu 8:30, Fri 8:30 and 10:30 PM, Sat 7, 9, and 11:15 PM

$25 plus two-drink minimum

Zanies (map)
1548 N. Wells St.
Old Town
phone 312-337-4027

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The Downpour

9/18-10/12: Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM

As children Robin and Hazel survived horrifying abuse from a mother with untreated postpartum psychosis. Now Robin's pregnant, and Hazel, inexplicably convinced her sister can't avoid her mother's fate, spends most of act one entreating Robin to abort her fetus, all but destroying the sisters' once life-saving bond. The animating crisis in Caitlin Parrish's new drama is nonsense; in truth, Robin's risk of postpartum psychosis is about 3 percent. This sloppy dramaturgy should sink the play, but Parrish creates such emotionally nuanced characters and shepherds them through such an intricate moral minefield it's foolish to resist the story's considerable allure—an allure further enhanced by director Erica Weiss's impeccably performed premiere for Route 66 Theatre. Even with the extraneous final scene, it's a deeply affecting show. —Justin Hayford $35

Greenhouse Theater Center (map)
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-404-7336

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Kyle Kinane

9/18-9/20: Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM

$20

Up Comedy Club (map)
230 W. North Ave.
Old Town
phone 312-337-3992

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The Birds

9/18-11/1: Thu-Sun 7:30 PM

A parody of the Hitchcock classic. $17-$37

Berger Park (map)
6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
Rogers Park/West Rogers Park
phone 773-761-0376

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Jane Eyre

9/18-10/26: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 4 PM

Stage adaptation of the Charlotte Brontë classic. $40

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Lifeline Theatre (map)
6912 N. Glenwood Ave.
Rogers Park/West Rogers Park
phone 773-761-4477

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Short Attention Span Theatre 3: The Chicago Way

9/18-9/27: Thu-Sat 7 PM

Fury Theatre's one-act play festival, featuring work from six local playwrights. $15 or pay-what-you-can

http://furytheatre.org
Chase Park (map)
4701 N. Ashland Ave.
Uptown
phone 312-742-7518

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Beak, Anatomy of Habit, Vukari

Fri., Sept. 19, 9 p.m.

You’re supposed to mellow out as you grow grayer and life beats you into submission, but the members of Chicago instrumental postrock institution the Timeout Drawer formed a metal band called Beak instead. They crank up the volume and with it the rage in their sound, largely by adding vocals. Beak’s new Let Time Begin (Someoddpilot) is still heavy postrock in many respects—the meandering interludes, the omnipresent moodiness, the rapid picking that foreshadows a monstrous crescendo—but when guitarist-vocalist Jon Slusher bellows like he’s struggling to expel the bile that’s eating the pit of his stomach, the tracks become crushing. In one of the defining flourishes on Let Time Begin, “Over the Shelter, the Morning Breaks” (a more post-anything title, there is not) acts as a two-minute-plus instrumental intro to album closer “Fiery They Rose,” showcasing Beak’s proficiency at writing bristling postrock as well as their newly acquired skill at letting it off its leash. —Kevin Warwick $8

Beat Kitchen (map)
2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Roscoe Village
phone 773-281-4444
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Fishbone, Run & Punch, Downtown Brown

Fri., Sept. 19, 9 p.m.

Fishbone are six black LA teenagers who combine hard-edged ska with goofy, Spike Jones sound effects for a pretty unique, every-which-way-but-loose music. It congenially reconstructs the feel of a culture gone schizoid, and so it lends itself well to mocking the warring postures of everyone from superpowers ("Party at Ground Zero") to radio stations ("? (Modern Industry)"). —Franklin Soults, 1987

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Martyrs' (map)
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
North Center
phone 773-404-9494

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Boban & Marko Markovic Orkesta

Fri., Sept. 19, 8 p.m.

Part of the World Music Festival.

Constellation (map)
3111 N. Western Ave.
Roscoe Village

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Mayne Stage (map)
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Rogers Park/West Rogers Park
phone 773-381-4554

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Derek Gripper

Fri., Sept. 19, 8 p.m.

Part of the World Music Festival.

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